Neff’s Canyon (Mill Creek Canyon)

Posted: 22nd October 2010 by Jonathan Wood in Hiking
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Looking Up Neff's Canyon

Looking Up Neff's Canyon

The weather is definitely continuing to cool down, and the Sun didn’t even make an appearance today. I also didn’t quite feel 100% today. But the fall colors were really showing as I headed up Neff’s Canyon, which is just South of the mouth of Mill Creek Canyon.

 

The "Bowl" Near the Top of Neff's Canyon

The "Bowl" Near the Top of Neff's Canyon

The first several times I hiked Neff’s Canyon was during the Winter, so everything was covered in snow. Parts of the trail are actually easier during the Winter as much of the trail is covered in loose rocks. In fact, you are actually walking over rocks in a creek at some locations. This makes hiking a little more difficult than it would otherwise be.

Although there are several peaks in the area, I actually hiked to a “bowl” near the top of the canyon, which took about one hour and 20 minutes. I hiked up a little further from there but, not feeling 100% and not being sure which was the best direction to go, I soon returned to the bowl to take a couple of photos and have a snack. I spent about two hours and 45 minutes on the mountain, total.

Looking West at the Salt Lake Valley

Looking West at the Salt Lake Valley

This hike is fairly crisp, climbing approximately 2,400 feet from the base of the canyon to the bowl. Personally, I tend to like really steep sections, where I really gain some altitude, followed by flatter sections. In contrast, parts of this trail are a little grueling as they just continue with a significant slope for extended distances. Maybe it’s just the way I felt today, but it seemed a little more work.

All in all, it was great to get out. I have a lot going on in my personal life, and I’m never sorry when I make time to get away from it all!

Fall Colors on the Way Down

Fall Colors on the Way Down

Hike: “Bowl” at the top of Neff’s Canyon (approximately 8,000 feet)
Trailhead: Small parking lot at the base of the canyon.
Directions: Drive as though you are going up Mill Creek Canyon but, just as you are nearing the mouth of the canyon, turn right at the four-way intersection. Keep left against the mountain as you drive South. Eventually, there is a turn off (Park Terrace Dr, I believe)┬áto the left. Take that a short distance and then turn right up White Way. At the very end of this road is a small parking lot at the base of the canyon. (You can take any of the trails there–virtually all of them go to exactly the same place.)

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